Supporting young people into employment

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Our firm belief, our drive, is that young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, including those with more complex needs, should be supported to develop the skills and gain the qualifications and experience they need to succeed in their careers.

The path a person takes in life and in work should not be dictated by their disability or health condition. Everyone deserves the chance to find a job that’s right for them.

We are committed to tackling the injustices facing disabled people who want to work, so that everyone can go as far as their talents will take them.

We recognise the hugely positive impact that working can have on people’s health and well-being, which is why we are determined to break down the barriers to employment facing disabled people.

This is consistent with the Government’s vision for disability and employment set out in it's strategy Improving Lives: the Future of Work, Health and Disability

In our experience, the majority of the employers we work with in principle are interested in increasing the number of disabled people they employ. However, often they lack the knowledge of how to develop an accessible recruitment process, make workplace adjustments, or how to offer tailored support to their disabled employees. They also fear that ‘if something goes wrong’ they will be lack the skills to effectively support their employee.

These issues need to be tackled if employers are to become truly disability confident.

We believe that further engagement with, and support to, employers is needed if their critical role in raising the disability employment rate is to be fully recognised. A more intensive in-work support service is crucial to enable employers to become truly disability confident. 

For more information follow the links below:

Government sets out plan to see more disabled people in work

Making work a real choice (Shaw Trust Consultation)

Fulfilling Potential Forum

Access to Work

Preparing for Adulthood